Peter B. Ladig: Lawyer with Morris James LLP

Peter B. Ladig

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Wilmington,  DE  U.S.A.
Phone302.888.6826

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Practice Areas

  • Alternative Entities
  • Business Litigation
  • Special Committee Representation
  • Corporate and Fiduciary Litigation
  • Corporate Governance Counseling
 
Mailing AddressP.O. Box 2306, Wilmington, DE, 19899-2306
 
University Yale University, B.A., 1993
 
Law SchoolEmory University School of Law, J.D., with Distinction, 1996
 
Admitted1996, Delaware; United States District Court for the District of Delaware; U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
 
Biography

Peter B. Ladig is the Vice Chair of the Corporate and Commercial Litigation Group at Morris James.

Pete concentrates his practice in the areas of corporate governance and commercial litigation, stockholder litigation, fiduciary duties, partnership and limited liability company disputes, and class action and derivative litigation. Pete represents both stockholders and directors in corporate litigation in the Court of Chancery in a wide range of matters, including advancement of legal fees and expenses, reviews of elections of directors, requests to inspect books and records, and claims for breaches of fiduciary duties. He also represents corporations and other entities in commercial disputes involving breach of contract claims and claims arising under the General Corporation Law of the State of Delaware. Pete has served on the Rules Committee of the Court of Chancery since 2011 and served as one of the principal drafters of Rule 5.1.

Pete also has extensive experience in the growing area of the "business divorce," particularly requests for judicial dissolution to dissolve limited liability companies and corporations. Pete is active in the Business Divorce Subcommittee of the Business and Corporation Litigation Committee of the Business Law Section of the ABA, and is scheduled to speak on a panel sponsored by the Business Divorce Subcommittee at Business Law Section's Spring Meeting in 2015.

Pete also uses his litigation experience to advise special committees of boards of directors in analyzing conflict transactions or investigating alleged wrongdoing. Pete and Morris James have represented several of each type of committee.

Pete was recognized by Chambers USA - America's Leading Lawyers for Business in the years 2008-2009 and 2011-2014 as one of the leading Chancery Court practitioners in Delaware. In Chambers USA 2012, Pete was described as someone who "knows the courts, has a good sense of the law and has a good sense of strategy - I feel I can rely on him for everything related to a Delaware lawsuit." Chambers USA 2013 reported, Pete's "legal analysis is excellent, his knowledge of Delaware law is brilliant," and he is also a "very personable guy." He is "just about everything that you would want with a co-counsel," say interviewees. Pete has also been recognized by Delaware Super Lawyers® in 2013 and 2014 for Business Litigation and by Best Lawyers® in 2013 and 2014.

Experience
• Special Committees
• Corporate control disputes
• Breach of fiduciary duty claims
• Actions seeking advancement and indemnification
• Shareholder rights disputes
• Breach of contract claims
• Actions brought by directors, officers, stockholders and creditors
• Judicial dissolution of limited liability companies and corporations

Professional Affiliations

Delaware State Bar Association
American Bar Association
Richard S. Rodney American Inn of Court
Court of Chancery Rules Committee

Recent Matters

In re Sanchez Energy Derivative Litigation

Represented alleged aider and abettor of breach of fiduciary duty

Comerica Bank v. Global Payments Direct, Inc.

Representing member of a limited liability company in action seeking dissolution of limited liability company

In re Colfax Corporation Stockholder Derivative Litigation

Representing investor in company and director appointed by the investor in claims arising out of payment to investor in exchange for voluntary conversion of preferred stock into common stock

In re Interstate General Media Holdings, Inc.

Represented member of a LLC seeking dissolution of the LLC and successfully obtained order requiring open-outcry auction only among members of LLC.

The EB Trust, et al. v. Information Management Services, Inc.

Representing stockholders, directors and officers in action seeking dissolution of a Delaware corporation.

Trident USA Health Services, LLC v. Dr. Jason Liu

Representing seller of business against indemnification claims arising out of alleged breaches of purchase and sale agreement.

In re Bermor, Inc., et al.

Representing stockholder in dissolution proceeding brought pursuant to 8 Del. C. § 273.

The North River Insurance Company

Representing The North River Insurance Company in coverage litigation pending in the Superior Court as well as an action in the Court of Chancery seeking an anti-suit injunction against the plaintiff in the Superior Court action

Special Litigation Committee of International Textile Group, Inc.

Represented Special Litigation Committee charged with investigating potential claims of wrongdoing arising out of company's acquisition of an affiliate of the controlling stockholder

In re McMoRan Exploration Co. Stockholders Litigation

Represented certain directors of McMoRan Exploration Co. in expedited litigation seeking injunction to halt acquisition of McMoRan by Freeport Copper & Gold, Inc.

Special Committee of Directors of International Textile Group, Inc.

Represented Special Committee of publicly traded company on debt-for-equity swap proposed by controlling creditor and stockholder of company

Starr Investments Cayman II, Inc. v. China Media Express Holdings, Inc., et al.

Representing two former directors of China Media Express Holdings, Inc. in matter pending in United States District Court for the District of Delaware alleging securities violations by officers and directors of company

In re China Integrated Energy,. Inc. Stockholder Litigation

Representing certain of the directors of China Integrated Energy, Inc. in putative derivative action pending in the Court of Chancery arising out of internet reports that company had misstated its financial condition

City of Tamarac Firefighter Pension Trust Fund, et al. v. Carl C. Icahn, et al.

Represent independent directors of CVR Energy, Inc. in Court of Chancery against claims relating to purchases of company stock by affiliates of Carl Icahn

News & Events

News & Media Mentions

Delaware Super Lawyers® 2014 Business Edition Names Six Morris James Partners
December 30, 2014

Benchmark Litigation Recognizes Seven Morris James Attorneys as Top Litigators in Delaware
December 18, 2014

Morris James Leads Delaware Today "Top Lawyers" Edition with 25 Recognitions
October 21, 2014

Lewis Lazarus and Peter Ladig Participate in ABA Podcast
August 19, 2014

Morris James Receives Top Legal Rankings in Chambers USA 2014
May 23, 2014

Delaware Super Lawyers® 2014 Recognizes 12 Morris James' Attorneys
January 23, 2014
Delaware Super Lawyers®

20 Attorneys in 23 Practices Recognized by Best Lawyers® 2014
August 15, 2013
Best Lawyers® 2014

Benchmark Litigation Names 7 Partners Among Top Litigators in Delaware
July 11, 2013

Chambers USA Names 13 Morris James Attorneys in Their 2013 Guide to Leading Business Lawyers
May 29, 2013
Chambers USA

Delaware Super Lawyers® 2013 Recognizes 12 Morris James' Attorneys
January 9, 2013
Delaware Super Lawyers®

20 Morris James Attorneys in 23 Practices Selected for Inclusion in Best Lawyers® 2013
August 30, 2012

Benchmark Litigation 2013 Names 7 Morris James Partners Among Top Delaware Litigators
July 13, 2012

Chambers USA Names 14 Morris James Attorneys in Their 2012 Guide to Leading Business Lawyers
June 4, 2012

Peter B. Ladig Joins Morris James LLP as a Partner in the Corporate and Fiduciary Litigation Group
June 1, 2010

Events

Recent Developments Affecting the Ethical and Professional Responsibilities of Chancery Practitioners
December 7, 2012

Publications

Articles & Publications

Rare Guidance on the Duty to Supplement Interrogatory Responses
February 18, 2015
Delaware Business Court Insider

An Ounce of Preservation Is Worth a Pound of Argument
October 29, 2014
Delaware Business Court Insider

Entire Fairness for One, Entire Fairness for All
September 24, 2014
Delaware Business Court Insider

Rule 5.1 Gets Its First Major Test
December 4, 2013
Delaware Business Court Insider

The Other 'Nessie': An Order Vacating an Arbitral Decision
July 31, 2013
Delaware Business Court Insider

What's Behind the Chancery Court's New Rule 5.1
January 23, 2013
Delaware Business Court Insider

Delaware's Anonymity? A Response to The New York Times
July 11, 2012
Delaware Business Court Insider

Dealing With Disputes Over the Reasonableness of Fees at the Advancement Stage
March 21, 2012
Delaware Business Court Insider

Court of Chancery Comes Down Hard on Trading by Plaintiffs in Representative Litigation
January 25, 2012
Delaware Business Court Insider

Out of Many Can Come One: Supreme Court Considers Transaction Aggregation Doctrines
November 2, 2011
Delaware Business Court Insider

Poison Pill Limbo: How Low Can It Go?
September 7, 2011
Delaware Business Court Insider

Intersection Between Fiduciary Duties and Contract Rights May Be Headed For a Showdown
August 17, 2011
Delaware Business Court Insider

The Viability of the Disclosure Only Settlement
May 11, 2011
Delaware Business Court Insider

Multi-Jurisdictional Litigation a Rich Vein of Issues for Chancery Court
April 20, 2011
Delaware Business Court Insider

Court of Chancery Investigates Potential For Collusive Settlements in Multi-Fora Litigation
March 30, 2011
Delaware Business Court Insider

Where Do We Go From Here? Trends in the Law 2009
February 4, 2009
Delaware Law Weekly

Delaware's Emerging Definition of Bad Faith: Not as Bad As You Think
December 31, 2008
Dow Jones Corporate Governance

McNulty Revisited: How the FILIP Memorandum Changes the DOJ's Approach to Corporate Investigation and Prosecutions
December 2008
Law Journal Newsletters, Vol. 23, No. 7

Why a Handshake Might Not be Enough for Members of Delaware Limited Liability Companies
November 17, 2008
Andrews Litigation Report, 2008

No Stay for the Weary-Corporate Governance Obligations Continue in Bankruptcy
June 1, 2008
The Bankruptcy Strategist, Vol. 25, No. 8.

Assessing Risk From Options Grants Under Delaware Law
March 12, 2008
Corporate Governance

Delaware Court Reaffirms Some Less Well-Known Principles of Corporation Law
May 8, 2007
Securities and Regulation Law Report

The 'Tools at Hand' Fail To Get The Job Done: The Court Of Chancery Denies Request Of Hedge Fund To Inspect Books and Records
December 1, 2006
Law 360

COMMENTARY: Thompson Memo Collides with Del. Advancement Law
November 6, 2006
Corporate Officers and Directors Liability Litigation Reporter, Vol. 22, Issue 10

Blog(s)

Delaware Business Litigation Report

Honors

Delaware Today® "Top Lawyers," 2014

Best Lawyers®, 2013-2015

Chambers USA, Recognized for work in the Delaware Court of Chancery, 2008-2009, 2011-2014

Delaware Super Lawyers®, 2013-2014

Litigation Council of America, fellow

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Peter B. Ladig

500 Delaware Avenue, Suite 1500
WilmingtonDE 19801-1494




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